Today in History for 27th December 2018

Historical Events

1836 – Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
1884 – Netherlands recognizes King Leopold II’s Congo Free State
1972 – Belgium recognizes German DR
1978 – Ballon d’Or: Hamburg’s English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 1st of 2 consecutive trophies as best football player in Europe; beats Barcelona striker Hans Krankl and Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink
1988 – Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
2002 – Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

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Famous Birthdays

1555 – Johann Arndt, German Lutherian theologist
1874 – Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), born in Lwow, Poland (d. 1951)
1917 – Earl of Inchcape, English large landowner/industrialist (PandO)
1962 – Bill Self, American basketball coach
1970 – Mike Salmon, NFL/WLAF safety (Houston Oilers, Rhein Fire, SF 49ers)
1982 – Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist, (Týr)

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Famous Deaths

1858 – Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely, composer, dies at 73
1991 – Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
2002 – George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
2015 – Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
2015 – Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
2015 – Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93

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